18 Ways to Care for Fat Bodies

A series of blue circles around a heart shape show a variety of products for caring for fat and superfat bodies.

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Those of us who live in fat bodies — from smallfat to superfat — deserve spaces that fit us, products that specifically serve us, and for our bodies to feel safe, happy and cared for.

And yet, talking about it seems taboo.

Taking care of a larger body can be a little different from a smaller one. Fat bodies can be prone to chub rub, yeast and fungal infections in skin rolls, and discomfort when we’re expected to do things like shower in a too-small space.

That doesn’t mean big bodies are bad! It just means that we might need to look a little harder for the right products and methods for us.

Below are 18 products tested and recommended by fat folks for showering, skin care, medical needs and more, plus some fun bathtime soaps by marginalized crafters.

1. Surprise Me! Body Positive Soaps

Image description: A pile of four round soap bars that are sitting in the sand and have different body-positive messages on each of them.

Get a little bathtime surprise in your mailbox with one of these body positive soaps — unicorns’ choice. All soaps are approximately the same size and are made by marginalized artists.

2. Adjustable Curved Shower Curtain

Image description: Inside of a bathroom that has a big bathtub with a curved black shower rod holding a white shower curtain.

This black finished adjustable curved shower rod is made of good quality aluminum, ensuring quality and longevity. Unlike traditional straight tension shower poles, this curved design sweeps around your tub maximizing space and giving you a more enjoyable showering experience in your bathroom.

3. Bidet Toilet Seat Attachement

Image description: A white toilet with an attachment that has a bamboo dial on it and a spray nozzle in the toilet bowl.

Get your own state-of-the-art toilet experience for a fraction of the price. Upgrade your lifestyle with a TUSHY bidet toilet seat attachment and poop like royalty on your porcelain throne. A nozzle adjuster and pressure control knob controls the self-cleaning nozzle’s spray angle and water pressure to your desired intensity. Whether you need just a soft rinse for those light poops or a heavy “dooty” stream for those more interesting bathroom breaks, TUSHY can adjust to the perfect pressure to fit your needs. TUSHY reduces your carbon footprint one butt at a time.

4. Portable Handheld Bidet

Image description: There are two portable blue bottles with spray nozzles that are slanted up. The bottles are being squeezed with a strong stream of water coming out.

Enjoy a fresh, just showered feeling every time you use the bathroom, making the Butt Buddy Go bidet the perfect solution for travelling and staying hygienic. Portable, lightweight and convenient, you can take the Butt Buddy Go bidet with you on vacation, to work or anywhere else and get an instant wash whenever you need it. Stop wiping with expensive toilet paper, start washing with our personal handheld bidet for a fraction of the price. Save paper, save money, save your bum.

5. Travel Easywipe Toilet Aid

Image description: A plastic long, white handle that folds up to fit into a compact blue carrying case.

The flexible head holds toilet tissue paper or pre-moistened wipes. Curved, 15″ long design reaches and wipes where you can’t. Folds into a small size and comes with a hard plastic designer case that can fit in your car or purse. Maintains your privacy and dignity while travelling, going on vacation, or when out and about. Wonderful for those with limited mobility or limited reach or dexterity.

6. Chafing Relief Powder Gel

Image description: A tube of MONISTAT, a Chafing Relief Powder Gel. The text underneath reads, “Dries Clear. Doesn’t Stain Clothing. Non-Greasy. Fragrance-Free.”

Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel combines the protective benefits of lotion and powder in one great solution. It provides daily prevention from skin chafing, redness, and irritation caused by moisture, heat, exercise, and shaving. It protects skin with a smooth, breathable, moisture control barrier. The fragrance-free formula dries to a silky finish that is non-greasy and won’t stain clothing.

7. Plus Size Knee Pain Solutions: The Easy Fitness Way to Stronger Happier Knees

Image description: A couple in their 50s walks along a pebbled shoreline on a bright, sunny winter day. Both members of this opposite-gender couple (cisgender male and cisgender female) have joint-related disability issues; on this day, the man is walking with a cane, and the woman occasionally does as well. The text reads “Plus Size Knee Pain Solutions: The Easy Fitness Way to Stronger Happier Knees.”

Do you want to stay active, but can’t move easily because your knees hurt? Is your life getting smaller because it hurts too much to get where you want to go? In “Plus Size Knee Pain Solutions”, Medical Exercise Specialist and Coach, Cinder Ernst, offers her proven Easy Fitness 30-day knee system so you can get out of pain and gain strength and stamina―and all this in less than 5 minutes a day!

8. The Wizard Large Blood Pressure Monitor

Image description: A blood pressure cuff with a large digital screen that shows the reading. The cuff is black with white instructions on it.

The Wizard Blood Pressure monitor has a large screen that is easy to read. Readings are quick and accurate and can be done from the comfort of your own home. This device makes monitoring your blood pressure convenient and easy so that you are able to best care for yourself.

9. Long Handle Toenail Scissors

Image description: A pair of long-handled, stainless steel toenail scissors that are curved at the end.

These hand-sharpened fingernail toenail clippers have razor-sharp blades that cut effortlessly done denser nails with easiness. Works flawlessly for people with diabetes or psoriasis.

10. Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight

Image description: A book cover with red text that reads “BODY RESPECT: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight.”

Mainstream health science has let you down.

Weight loss is not the key to health, diet and exercise are not effective weight-loss strategies and fatness is not a death sentence.

You’ve heard it before: there’s a global health crisis, and, unless we make some changes, we’re in trouble. That much is true—but the epidemic is NOT obesity. The real crisis lies in the toxic stigma placed on certain bodies and the impact of living with inequality not the numbers on a scale. In a mad dash to shrink our bodies, many of us get so caught up in searching for the perfect diet, exercise program, or surgical technique that we lose sight of our original goal: improved health and well-being. Popular methods for weight loss don’t get us there and lead many people to feel like failures when they can’t match unattainable body standards. It’s time for a cease-fire in the war against obesity.

Body insecurity is rampant, and it doesn’t have to be. It’s time to overcome our culture’s shame and distress about weight, to get real about inequalities and health, and to show everybody respect.

11. Waterpik High Pressure Shower Head 2-in-1 Dual System

Image description: A rainfall showerhead and another smaller showerhead with a hose for extended reach.

The chrome Waterpik Power Pulse 2-in-1 Dual Shower Head System gives you powerful shower massage, rainfall coverage, and extended reach — all in one easy installation. This high-performance, high-pressure shower offers 12 spray settings — 6 from each shower head.  

12. Long-Handled Loofah Sponge Back Scrubber

Image description: A woman is wearing a white robe and using a long-handled loofah brush to scrub her back. There are two close-up photos of the loofah.

Create an at-home spa experience with the soft mesh loofah brush. Gently cleanses the most sensitive skin, improving circulation and skin health. Convenient for hanging to dry, the cord loop attached to the brush handle is also large enough to slide on your wrist to prevent dropping the brush while showering. Use with your favorite gel, body wash or shampoo.

13. Shower Bench

Image description: A heavy-duty stool with strong piping as the legs with different connections for extra support and a large flat surface to sit on.

This large shower stool is well made making it reliable and sturdy. This stool is great for walk-in showers and can be moved around easily providing a comfortable and secure seat for the shower. This stool is suitable for up to 900 lbs capacity.

14. Non-Binding Knee-High Sock

Image description: A pair of high black stockings that go up just below the knees. They are compression socks that are skin-tight.

Super Soft Warm Comfortable Knee High Socks – Full cushioned sole with soft material. Extra cushioning not only keep the foot warm but also protect the feet to avoid injuries. Designed with a moisture management system that will keep your feet fresh and dry to help prevent odour. The Loose fit and non-binding design will support your feet circulatory and they are great for cast covering. One Size Fits Most Large Feet For Men & Women.

15. Antimicrobial and Antiseptic Soap and Skin Cleanser

Image description: A bottle of antiseptic cleaner that has a pink solution in it and a blue label.

HIBICLENS is an OTC antimicrobial skin cleanser that contains 4% chlorhexidine gluconate, which kills bacteria (including staph) on contact and provides long-lasting antimicrobial activity. This convenient liquid product is safe for everyday use as a general skin cleanser, as it is gentle on the skin.

16. Remedy Soap Tea Tree Oil Body Wash

Image description: A blue bottle of body wash that has the title “Remedy Soap” along with the main ingredients including Tea Tree, Mint, and Aloe.

Remedy Soap Body Wash is a powerful odor eliminator that helps with acne as well as other skin irritations including athlete’s foot, candida, ringworm, jock itch, foot odor, and toenail issues. The Remedy Soap shower gel is made from premium botanical tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, and peppermint oil, which are well known for naturally helping skin irritations.

17. Giraffe Razor Extension Handle

Image description: Legs being shaved with an extension attached to the razor for easier reach.

For your convenience, The Giraffe’s Universal Razor Adapters accommodate the most popular men’s and women’s disposable and reusable razors on the market today which means you may already have a razor that you are using that is compatible with The Giraffe.

18. Bamboo Tummy Liner

Image description: White, beige, and black curved tummy liners all stacked on top of one another.

The Tummy Liner goes under the belly fold to absorb moisture. It is wonderful for sensitive skin and keeps you from feeling sweaty and uncomfortable.

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Shelbey Osborne is a 200-hour Yoga Teacher. She is passionate about yoga and astrology and uses these teachings to help individuals connect deeper to their own intuition. She is an advocate for body acceptance and applying a self-compassionate approach to all areas of our lives.